As someone who started in the oh-so exciting world of finance, our business manager, Samantha Welker, knows firsthand how tricky it can be to find your creativity when you’re working at a corporate 9-to-5 job. If your day job is a little less than exciting, keeping your creativity fueled is key to staying sane. Now that she’s lucky enough to incorporate her professional skills into the creative industry, she wants to share a few things that she learned along the way about how to pull yourself out of a creative funk.
Find Your Tribe and Seek Them Out.
Surround yourself with creative people and that energy will become contagious and fuel the spark. It’s hard to be around passionate people creating beautiful things and to not catch the creative bug. Even if your friends aren’t in your creative “industry,” it’s the perfect way to collaborate and engage with other creative individuals.
Remove the Pressure.
Sometimes the best thing you can do for pulling yourself out of a creative funk is to just hit pause. Remove the timelines and the accompanying pressure that comes along with it. Sometimes our creative energy can get blocked when there are too many restrictions, so take a step back and pause for a breath. When you stop looking for it is often when the greatest creative inspiration comes.
Exercise and moving your body creates endorphins, which not only improve your mood, but gets your blood circulating as well. A quick walk on the beach or yoga session at the park can reinvigorate your energy and reset your system. This is always my first step when I feel like I’m in a funk. Fresh air really is magical.
Put Pen to Paper.
I am not an artist. I was not blessed with those skills. But buying a blank journal and an arsenal of supplies was one of the best things I ever did for my creativity. It wasn’t good, but I didn’t have to show anyone the fruits of my labor. This simple act of writing, sketching and painting whatever I wanted opened the floodgates for creative projects and helped me break through those barriers.
Attend a Creative Group Retreat.
Combine all of these things and more in a structured environment to help guide you back to your best creative self. A lot of creative group retreats offer things like yoga, meditation, group breakout sessions and more. It’s the perfect place to reset and realign your creative flow.